00:00:18 – Hey guys! How are you doing? Are you practicing enough? ^w^
00:00:21 – I hope you do!
00:00:23 – Have you ever finished a drawing and then thought
00:00:27 – “Ah… I feel like I can make it look better, more vivid, more magic…”
00:00:33 – but you don't really know how to do it? ;w;
00:00:37 – Fear no more! In today's video I'll show you some of the things I use to make the final edits to my artworks
00:00:43 – and make them look even better.
00:00:47 – Just so you know it, I usually make the final edits on Photoshop
00:00:52 – the one I'm using right now is the CS6 version.
00:00:56 – If you don't have Photoshop
00:00:58 – for whatever reasons or you have a different version
00:01:02 – don't worry about it
00:01:04 – There's many programs out there like SAI, Clip Studio, Medibang
00:01:09 – and a long etcetera…
00:01:10 – that have similar options. You just need to be patient and carefully search for them.
00:01:17 – Since every program is different everything is also placed differently.
00:01:21 – Okay, for today's demonstration I'll use this picture you're seeing right now.
00:01:25 – It's an original character from a deviantART artist called Naomochi
00:01:29 – I'll leave you the link to her page in the description box so you can go visit her art too ♥
00:01:35 – Now let's start!
00:01:37 – Whenever I don't know where to start editing my artwork to make them look better
00:01:45 – I start by fixing the colors.
00:01:48 – If you're using PS too you'll find all the options we'll use by clicking on this little button at the bottom corner.
00:01:59 – You can also find them all by going to Image —> Adjustments
00:02:05 – they're basically all the ones displayed in this list.
00:02:07 – But this button is supposed to be more comfortable to use but that's up to you.
00:02:13 – So… what can we do to?
00:02:20 – To edit the colors we've got several options
00:02:23 – I usually start with Color Balance
00:02:29 – With this, there should appear some kind of box or window here or somewhere else in the screen.
00:02:34 – with the following options.
00:02:37 – What do they do?
00:02:38 – Let's zoom in a bit more so you can see it better…
00:02:43 – Basically we'll tell PS to change the overall colors
00:02:50 – to something more red or cyan or magenta or whatever you prefer.
00:02:56 – For example, let's say I'm getting the feeling that this picture is too warm
00:03:00 – and I wanna change it to some more cold colors.
00:03:03 – Then we can just drag the bars to the cyan side and the blue side.
00:03:08 – Gonna hide the layer effect so you can see the difference.
00:03:11 – These are the normal colors.
00:03:13 – And this way they look darker
00:03:16 – I mean colder!
00:03:17 – Or the other way around; let's say you think your picture is too cold
00:03:22 – like it's boring and lacks of life.
00:03:25 – Then we can add some more red, yellow and magenta.
00:03:31 – See?
00:03:32 – Now it looks even warmer! ♥
00:03:37 – We've still got other ways to fix the colors.
00:03:41 – Instead of using a Color Balance layer
00:03:44 – we can make a Levels layer.
00:03:48 – This one works in a similar way.
00:03:51 – Here you have to choose one of the color channels
00:03:56 – Let's try with Red.
00:03:57 – And then drag those little triangles at the bottom and move them to another place.
00:04:02 – This way we're making it look more blue
00:04:06 – If we move the other triangle
00:04:09 – we'll be turning the piece into something more yellowish or orangeish
00:04:16 – Let's now try on the Green color channel.
00:04:19 – Draging this triangle will turn the picture more magenta.
00:04:23 – or pinky
00:04:25 – If we move the other triangle it will turn more greenish or yellowish.
00:04:31 – Same thing happens with the Blue color channel.
00:04:34 – There it turns more orangeish
00:04:38 – and there it becomes more blueish or purple.
00:04:44 – If you choose to edit all the channels at the same time instead
00:04:48 – then you'll be playing the light and contrasts of the picture.
00:04:55 – Now let's see a 3rd way to edit colors.
00:04:59 – –let me delete this —
00:05:02 – There, we can use the Intensity option (sorry if it's not the exact name in English).
00:05:08 – Let's see what this one does.
00:05:10 – I normally just use the top bar
00:05:12 – If you play with the Saturation bar, as you can guess, we'll be adding a lot of saturation to the colors.
00:05:19 – See? They look a bit radioactive…
00:05:22 – And moving it to the other side will turn it grey.
00:05:25 – Intensity does a similar effect but it's not as hard as the Saturation bar.
00:05:34 – Check this out. Moving the Intensity bar completely to the right
00:05:37 – will give more saturation and life to the colors
00:05:40 – but not as much as doing it with the Saturation bar.
00:05:44 – Check the difference with the normal colors
00:05:47 – See? We've just added a bit more life to the overall colors.
00:05:51 – And if we move the Intensity bar to the left
00:05:54 – everything turns more pastelish, like if it was an old photo.
00:06:00 – But as you see, even with the Intensity at its lowerest value
00:06:04 – we can still get the idea of the colors underneath
00:06:08 – That's the difference with the Saturation bar
00:06:11 – since this one will take away the colors completely.
00:06:16 – Let's move to the next way to edit the colors
00:06:20 – this one it's called Selective Color Correction (or something the like).
00:06:24 – — gonna delete the Intensity layer —
00:06:27 – As you can guess by its name, Selective Color Correction will let you correct the colors
00:06:34 – individually. Meaning editing each one of them at a time aproximately.
00:06:40 – Let's see, when we open this layer the default selected color should be Red
00:06:46 – so if I start draging those bars I can tell PS to add, for example, more black to the red tones.
00:06:53 – And as you see all the colors that has a big percentage of red have become darker
00:07:00 – If I drag the bar to the other side everything will become more pale since we're taking away the black.
00:07:04 – Instead of black we can choose to add more yellow or to substract it
00:07:10 – See? Taking away some of the yellow percentage will make the image purplish
00:07:17 – Let's try with the Magenta bar! If we add more magenta de picture looks super red now
00:07:22 – maybe even a bit purplish
00:07:27 – And you can do the same to the rest of the colors.
00:07:29 – Just choose another one from the list
00:07:32 – and edit it to your liking.
00:07:36 – Next thing I usually edit along with colors is the light
00:07:40 – and the overall contrast of the lights we've got in the picture.
00:07:45 – — zooming out a little bit —
00:07:50 – To edit the lights I use the Light/Contrast layer option.
00:07:56 – There we can tell PS to add more brightness to the picture
00:08:00 – and more contrast, or even both things at the same time.
00:08:05 – On the opposite if you think your artwork is too pale, with too much bright colors
00:08:12 – and what you wish is to turn this light a bit down
00:08:17 – just drag the Brightness bar to the left to make it darker.
00:08:20 – You can also play with the Contrast bar to make the colors not hurt your eyes too much.
00:08:28 – Also pay attention to this little box under the bars that says “Use Legacy” or a similar word.
00:08:32 – I have it uncheched at the moment so let's click to see what happens.
00:08:36 – The bright/contrast effect is a bit different now.
00:08:39 – I don't know exactly how to explain the difference (you all know I'm bad at some explanations xD)
00:08:43 – Just test it on your own and you'll see the light effects are a bit different this way.
00:08:48 – What's next? Uhm…
00:08:52 – Ah by the way! Using the Levels option you can also edit the contrast a little bit
00:08:56 – specially if you edit the colors through the RGB channel.
00:09:03 – There's also 2 other cool options called Curves and Exposition you can use to play with the color contrast
00:09:08 – but I don't really use them because I still don't understand how they work very well
00:09:14 – Basically you add or substract points to create a curve that will affect the brightness and contrast of the picture
00:09:26 – keep trying and the overall looking changes
00:09:30 – As I said I don't quite understand this option so I rarely use it xD
00:09:34 – but maybe you'll understand it better than me!
00:09:37 – Aside from all these options to edit the colors and lights
00:09:43 – we can also play with the layer propierties.
00:09:48 – Just double-click on the layer
00:09:52 – Reminder: I'm using Photoshop for this sample! I don't know how this works on other programs.
00:09:56 – There we've got a bunch of effects we can add to what's already drawn on the layer we've selected.
00:10:05 – I like to use the Stroke one a lot
00:10:08 – as you see it does add an extra outline to the layer
00:10:15 – We can also play with its width, opacity, color
00:10:22 – –let's try some other colors–
00:10:25 – I usually keep it white to create some kind of separation between the character and the colors from the background
00:10:31 – that way the character pops a bit more so it becomes the center of attention of the piece.
00:10:40 – Sometimes I also like to use the Drop Shadow effect
00:10:45 – Name is pretty self-explanatory; it will create a shadow effect under the layer.
00:10:51 – We can play with the distance of that shadow,
00:10:55 – that way you can decide if you want the shadow to look very far or very near to what's on the layer.
00:11:02 – You can also play with the Spread bar
00:11:05 – –uhm, let me zoom in so you can see it better —
00:11:11 – Playing with the Spread bar will make the shadow have blurrier edges or more defined edges.
00:11:27 – We can also play with the Size bar
00:11:34 – The bigger the Size of the shadow is
00:11:38 – the blurrier it will become.
00:11:41 – So let's say you want a pretty big shadow but with hard edges
00:11:46 – that's when the Spread option comes in handy!
00:11:52 – Keep playing with the distance ~~
00:11:55 – And play with the Angle of the shadow as well!
00:11:59 – There the light angle would be at the top left so the shadows fall to the bottom right of the picture.
00:12:04 – And we can rotate it
00:12:07 – til we've got something that fits the illustration.
00:12:11 – Of course we can also change the shadow's color
00:12:14 – Let's change it from black to purple for example.
00:12:18 – We can also change the Blending mode of the shadow, it is set as Multiply by default.
00:12:25 – Uhm… you can't tell the difference now but…
00:12:29 – Let's imagine we've got some pattern or drawing behind the character (yup, random weird strokes xD)
00:12:34 – If the shadow effect is set as Multiply
00:12:37 – will let you see what's underneath the shadow.
00:12:40 – But if I set the blending mode to Normal and full opacity
00:12:44 – you cannot see anymore what's under the shadow effect.
00:12:49 – So you should keep the Shadow effect always set as Multiply but who knows?
00:12:53 – You can try other modes as well and eventually find a cool effect!
00:12:58 – Another cool effect I like to use is called Outer Glow.
00:13:02 – — Uhm, it'll be difficult for you guys to see it now… —
00:13:05 – –let's put some darker color on the background… —
00:13:13 – There we go. As the name says this option will add an extra glow effect around what's in the layer
00:13:22 – It's set as Screen blending mode by default
00:13:26 – But again you can freely change it to Normal or another mode, change it's opacity
00:13:32 – I don't have a specific rule, I just go with what I need on every illustration
00:13:36 – It's similar to the Shadow effect, we can make the size bigger through the Size bar
00:13:43 – and play with the Spread bar to keep the edgies more refined or blurrier.
00:13:50 – I'd recommend playing with both things at the same time.
00:13:53 – Like… making the size of the glow super small
00:13:58 – but then the edges very defined to make it look almost like the Stroke effect.
00:14:02 – Just play and combine them 🙂
00:14:04 – As you see there's still a lot of effects on the list
00:14:07 – The ones I've explained are just my favorites
00:14:09 – Feel free to try to rest on your own and discover what they do! ^w^
00:14:16 – Oh but we're not done yet! I've still got another trick hidden ~~
00:14:22 – You'll see it's super easy.
00:14:24 – — let me change this layer to white… —
00:14:28 – –there you'll see it better —
00:14:31 – The trick is as follows:
00:14:33 – Duplicate the layer of the character
00:14:36 – Character/object or whatever thing to where you want to put this effect I'm going to show you.
00:14:39 – Though I mostly use it on the characters.
00:14:42 – As I was saying: Duplicate the layer then go to Filter –> Blur —> Gaussian Blur
00:14:49 – Other kinds of blur may work as well, I just prefer using this one
00:14:57 – Now…
00:15:00 – Here you can see a little preview of the blur quantity we'll be adding
00:15:05 – The thing is to make blurry enough so it's not nitid
00:15:11 – but not too much that can't even tell what's in the drawing.
00:15:16 – See? Now there's too much blur I can't even understand the picture.
00:15:20 – So the thing is to make a bit blurry
00:15:25 – How much exactly?? That will only depend on your personal preference.
00:15:29 – The guideline would be as I said; make it blurry but keep the picture a bit recognizable.
00:15:34 – Then hit the OK button
00:15:35 – And we've got this. I know I know! We cannot leave the picture like that!
00:15:40 – There we can do 2 things.
00:15:43 – 1 – Put the blurry layer under the original layer
00:15:48 – And you'll see we've created some blurry extra edges
00:15:51 – similar to the outer glow or the shadow effect.
00:15:56 – But it's a bit different since this extra edges have the same color as the layer of the character
00:16:00 – because we used the same layers.
00:16:05 – In case you cannot tell the difference yet let me hide and unhide the effect.
00:16:10 – It's a very subtle change.
00:16:12 – 2 – keep the blurry layer at the top of the original layer
00:16:17 – but now lower its opacity
00:16:21 – — gonna try with 30% —
00:16:23 – Pay attention, I'm gonna hide and unhide it for you
00:16:26 – See? We've created kind of a dreamy effect this way.
00:16:34 – No need to stop here tho!
00:16:36 – After lowering the opacity we can also play with the layer mode
00:16:43 – We can try with Overlay
00:16:47 – There… It kind of gives more life to the picture.
00:16:53 – Or Soft light mode
00:16:56 – Or Hard light
00:16:59 – Or Darker color
00:17:04 – See the difference?
00:17:09 – Or Lighter color
00:17:13 – See?
00:17:15 – Always remember to play with the layer's opacity too to make the picture look exactly how you want it to look.
00:17:24 – Also you don't need to stick to just one of those modes!
00:17:28 – You can duplicate the layer, make it blurry, set it as lighter color
00:17:32 – And then do the same but now choose a different mode like Overlay for example
00:17:37 – that way you can mix different effects at the same time.
00:17:41 – After all these explanations I'd like to add just a couple of things.
00:17:44 – 1 – You don't really need to use all these effects always.
00:17:48 – I usually only use a few of them
00:17:51 – So I test some of them and I only keep the ones I like the most
00:17:55 – or the ones I think that fits with the kind of picture I want to achieve.
00:18:00 – And 2:
00:18:01 – There's a whole lot of more effects and tricks you can do
00:18:05 – don't be scared to play with every tool, blending mode and effects you may find.
00:18:12 – Experimentation is the key to learn new stuff.
00:18:15 – If you have any other cool tricks or effects feel free to leave it in the comments section!
00:18:21 – It's really interesting to see how other people work on their art and it's a great chance to learn from each other.
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00:18:40 – //winks at you all
00:18:43 – Keep watching to see the edit/final touches of this illustration!
00:18:48 – Hope you like it and see you on the next video!
00:18:50 – Bye bye! ♥